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About Heather Hennick

Artist Statements

Encaustic

I use purified Beeswax with dried pigment and damar crystals (tree resin) for hardening.
I heat the wax to a molten point where I can apply the wax as liquid to a rigid surface such as masonite or wood, coated card stock or absorbant paper.
Each layer is fused to the next with a heat source, thus a commitment to the composition evolves. I work spontaneously as I create the composition.
The process may include techniques such as ironing, carving, embedding materials, transfer techniques, stamping, drawing and painting. I believe encaustic is a forgiving medium that includes a multitude of modalities and creative opportunities for expression.
Encaustic is a natural preservative that allows me to capture time, my story and the human spirit.

Dry Wool Felting

I use a barbed pin to push the wool fibers through the wool canvas.
Wool fibers entangle on each other to form a cloth. As fibers curl around each other, the scales catch on each other and become entangled. Another name for feltmaking is massive entanglement. The fibers are entangled enough to have created a fabric which holds together as one mass. I use this process to create a painting from wool fiber. The sensation of felting allows me to meditate with every stroke. It is a meticulous process which reduces stress and drives my imagination. I enjoy working with natural materials of which connect me to a state of mindfulness. Doing hand work activates our parasympathetic nervous system. We are naturally calmed making it easier to handle what ever else might be coming up.
The natural 100% wool presents as a dry, safe, flexible and tactile medium that allow me to feel from the inside out and then from outside in.

What is Art Therapy?

1) Art therapy is an interpersonal experience in which a therapist facilitates, guides, witnesses and responds to an individual’s art process and art expressions, based on best practices and current and emerging research.

2) Art therapy is different than self-help experiences in that there is a helping professional and an individual [family or group] seeking assistance from a therapist to make changes. The relationship between a therapist, an individual, and the art process and art products is essential to art therapy and includes purposeful dialogue and specific therapeutic interventions in response to both process and product.

3) Current and emerging research in mind-body medicine, allied health and integrative healthcare demonstrates that art therapy is an effective, health-enhancing intervention and form of treatment (Malchiodi, 2012).


Art Therapy Specialties: I specialize in mental health, those with mental and physical disabilities, geriatrics/long-term care and self care workshops. I have completed a study and thesis using (encaustic) art therapy. My graduate thesis is entitled " An exploration of the potential of encaustic art therapy as an intervention for burnout and compassion fatigue with healthcare professionals."
Region: Toronto and surrounding area
Other Specialties: I am a practicing artist/art therapist, registered psychotherapist and can provide quality art experiences. I have an in-depth understanding of the creative process and am able to facilitate this for others.

As a registered psychotherapist and professional art therapist I have learned how to stay with the uncertainty and other difficult feelings that arise as part of the process that is crucial. I am a practicing artist, accessed psychotherapy myself throughout training and I am able to practice in a meaningful way. My work is not a ‘dry set of techniques’ but a soul nurturing, rich, creative and wonderful therapy that allows any client to find themselves in the centre of the ‘PROCESS’. I offer a safe psychologically contained space and relationship. I stay with the image and the process.

Heather Hennick, Artist, Registered Psychotherapist, Professional Art Therapist
BA, RGD, DTATI, RP

Status:
Registered Psychotherapist
Professional Art Therapist
RGD (Emeritus)


Internships :
York Central Hospital- Mackenzie Health (Mental Health and Geriatrics)
Sunnybrook Hospital (Geriatrics- Veterans)
Reena Foundation (Developmental Disabilities)
Interval House Shelter (Trauma)
Canadian Mental Health Association


Awards
2008 Vaughan Juried Exhibition
Works selected Encaustic 'He's Away'
Honorable Mention-Encaustic 'Connection"
2015- Mill Pond Gallery- honorable mention
2016- Mill Pond Gallery- honorable mention

Ongoing fine art exhibitions- group and private in GTA
Member of the Richmond Hill Group of Artists (RHGA)
Honorable mentions in exhibitions

Toronto Art Therapy Institute
2013 Art Therapy Graduate-Master Level

Member:
Canadian Art Therapy Association
Ontario Art Therapy Association
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

Artwork is held in private collections

Member of the Richmond Hill Group of Artists 2013-current
Vaughan Juried exhibitions
Summer exhibitions
Spring exhibitions
Winter exhibitions
Artist in Residence programs 2015, 2016
Numerous demonstrations in Encaustic

Long Term Care - Art Therapy services

Newmarket Healthcare Center- June-August 2013 (program development and facilitation)
Scarbourough Retirement Residence- Expression in Art Program 2015 current
Annex Retirement Residence 2015-2016
Avondale Retirement Residence 2015-2016
Newmarket Health Care- Oct.-April 2016-17
Maple Health Care Oct- April 2016-17
Bendale Acres -2017- current
Castleview 2017- current services
Contract- 2016-InnerArt current

Solo Fine Art Exhibit
Creations in dry wool felting
"Meditation in Wool"
Mill Pond Gallery
February 22/23, 2014
Solo Fine At Exhibition
Nov 15-16- 2016
"Journey in Humanness"
Nov, 29-Dec 7- "Small Treasure" Group Show
Mill Pond 2015, March -Juried Exhibition- 'Smouldering Encounter'
Exhibitions 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Art Therapy Workshops : reduce stress, gain insight and improve quality of life.

These workshops includes a brief introduction to art therapy, methodology an hour for art making, and ample time for discussion and processing of each participant's work.
The sessions offer a safe, supportive environment which respects the pace and limits of each group member. The cost includes art materials, and no art training or skill is needed. The group size is limited to four or less, and is open to adults. Please call to pre-register.

A. Encaustic in art therapy
In these workshops, participants use molten beeswax to give imagery to their feelings, thoughts, and imagination. These images may begin with exploration of a dream, a memory, or an emotion; a specific idea or simply an urge to play. This meaningful play often provides a new mode of expression which allows a lively, insightful relationship with personal imagery. I offer journaling for self reflection. Mixed mediums are also offered.

Consent forms are required prior to sessions.
No art experience is required.

Group - varied programs available
Private: per person - sliding scale if applicable


Note: Insurance:

If you have a health insurance policy, it will usually provide some coverage for mental health services. It is important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers. I will provide you with a copy of your receipt, which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

* Workshops and Encaustic Supplies
email:hennick905@gmail.com
blog: art4therapy.blogspot.ca
www.heatherhennick.com